The Cleveland Lady Raiders traveled to Knoxville last weekend to play in the Early Bird volleyball tournament hosted by Farragut, Oak Ridge, and Hardin Valley High Schools.
The ladies in blue came back with seven wins and two losses, taking their record to 8-3 overall. The Lady Raiders went undefeated on Saturday (6-0), winning the Bronze Division championship title against Anderson County. Other wins included Hendersonville, Alcoa, Clinton, Concord Christian, and Girls Preparatory School.
Coach Trish Flowers said she was very proud of the way her team played, saying "My girls have shown more heart and fight this year than we have had in the past few years. We lost a tough match to Farragut and Independence that put us out of Gold, but we came out on fire Saturday.
“They were having a lot of fun, and it was nice to have Addie Strode back, a senior right side hitter whose leadership on and off the court is remarkable,” she said.
“We came back from being down 14-9 in a deciding set against GPS that would have sent us home at point 15, but Addie served the next six points to put us back in the game.
We ended up winning 17-15 and headed to the championship. We had a lot of players step up at crucial moments including sophomores Regan Fuller, Lauren Lee and freshmen Emma Flowers."
The Lady Raiders will face Rhea County at home on Monday at 7 p.m. The freshmen will play at 5 and the junior varsity will begin at 6.